Thursday, 30 September 2010

Plate Spinning

Robert Dawson has made his name doing subversive things with Willow Pattern - the nation's most favourite tableware motif - but his latest re-working is the wittiest yet. More Spin, Less Spin is a set of six dinner plates on which Dawson has progressively blurred that distinctive blue and white print as if the plate is spinning, faster and faster, on a potter's wheel. It's clever, beguiling and would look fabulously ironic on the wall.
Contact to discuss ordering.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Kitchen Glory

How fabulous is this? Designed by the ever-inventive Nina Tolstrup of Studiomama, it's a mobile outdoor kitchen designed for those of us who love the idea of cooking outside but can't cope with live flames.
Consisting of a proper gas hob, a chopping board, storage for crockery, utensils etc and a jolly bucket sink (water comes through a standard garden hose and is collected in a watering can beneath the sink so it can be re-used), it's part Heath Robinson, part high design and wholly desirable.
In true Studiomama style, the Outdoor Kitchen is available to the public as a set of plans but be warned, construction calls for proper carpentry skills so amateurs would be better off calling in a pro.

Monday, 6 September 2010


Calling all industry insiders looking for innovative, well-designed home and fashion accessories.
Top Drawer opens on Sunday 12th September and this year sees the launch of Spotted, a feature area showcasing my hand picked selection of 10 of the country's most dynamic small businesses. It's a diverse collection - think belts made from recycled bicycle tyres (, hand printed wallpaper (, earthenware crockery made at one of Wales' oldest potteries ( and witty lights formed from brown paper bags ( - united by each maker's commitment to quality and originality.
The show runs until 14th September and is well worth a look so register now at